Students and recent graduates of counseling and human services programs will consider The Counselor’s Companion an indispensible tool to enhance professional practice, knowledge, and skill.
The text is a reference-style resource that provides new counselors with a way to bridge the gap between what they learned in the classroom and the challenges they will meet in their practice. Beginning counselors will find concise answers to common questions that will likely arise in the course of their professional development and a reliable reference “companion” as they embark on their careers in the profession.
This volume features contributions from counselor educators and professionals in the field, guided largely by the core-curriculum of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Program (CACREP). Information is presented in brief form, making the main points of each section concise, clear, visible, and easily accessible. Readers are also introduced to cutting-edge areas of research.
'An opulent one volume encyclopedia of everything in counseling!' - Tom Skovholt, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota
'I can think of no other book that offers the breadth and depth of coverage. It should be adopted as a standard text for all counselor training programs.' - Nicholas Ladany, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Education and Human Services, Lehigh University
Contents: Preface. Part I: What Are the Primary Roles and Responsibilities of the Professional Counselor? On Being a Professional Counselor. The Demands and Obligations of Ethical Counseling. The Legal Intrigues of Counseling Practice. Multicultural Intricacies in Professional Counseling. Supervision, an Essential for Professional Development. Collaborative Supervision for the Novice Supervisor. Part II: What Are the Essential Elements of Counseling With Which All Counselors Must be Familiar? Understanding Human Growth and Development. Counseling Across the Lifespan. Major Forces Behind Counseling Approaches. Individual and Social Aspects of the Helping Relationship. The Cultural Kaleidoscope: Eyeing Diverse Populations. Approaches to Group Work. Fundamentals of Group Work. Multicultural Components of Group Work. Counseling in the World of Work. Multicultural Issues in Career and Lifestyle Counseling. Fundamentals of School Counseling. Approaches to Family Counseling. Understanding and Assessing Psychopathology. Part III: What Are the Fundamental Components of Appraisal and Research That New Counselors Should Use in Their Practice? Foundations of Measurement and Psychometrics. Testing and Assessment in Counseling Practice. Quantitative Research Designs. Fundamentals of Qualitative Research. Part IV: What Are the Special Topics and Important Trends That Counselors May Encounter? A Look at Consultation. Crisis Intervention in Counseling. Addictions Counseling. Ecological-transactional and Motivational Perspectives in Counseling. Neuroscience in Psychotherapeutic Practices. Developmental Counseling and Therapy. Counseling for Wellness. Spirituality and Pastoral Counseling Practices. Appendix A: Preparing for the National Counselor Exam. Appendix B: Your Online Companion in Electronic Case Management: An Introduction to Penelope Software. Appendix C: Helps, Hints, and FAQs About Working in a Managed Care Environment.